SNK Playmore Corporation (also known as SNK or Playmore) is a Japanese video game hardware and software company. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SNK_Playmore]
The CDZ was released in 1996 as the Japanese market replacement for SNK's previous efforts (the "front loader" and the "top loader"). The Neo Geo CD had met with limited success due to it being plagued by slow loading times that could vary from 30 to 60 seconds between levels, depending on the game. Although SNK's American home entertainment division quickly acknowledged that the system simply wasn't capable of competing with 3D-capable powerhouse systems of the day like Sega's Saturn and Sony's PlayStation, SNK corporate of Japan felt they could continue to maintain profitable sales in the Japanese home market by shortening the previous system's load-times.
Popular speculation suggests that SNK made several changes to the CD hardware to end up with the CDZ, most prominent is the rumor that they increased the CD-ROM drive speed from 1x to 2x. The truth of the matter is that the CDZ had a larger amount of cache. Though the CD-ROM motor in the CDZ may have been more efficient than the one in the original, it was still a 1x speed CD-ROM.
The Neo Geo Pocket was SNK's first hand held video game system, released in Japan in late 1998; however, lower than expected sales resulted in its discontinuation in 1999, and was immediately succeeded by the Neo Geo Pocket Color. The system only had a retail release within the Japan and Hong Kong market.
Side by side, a Neo Geo Pocket on the left side and a Neo Geo Pocket Color
In bold games I already have, Contact me if you have any items I do not own.
|http://www.snocud.pf/zerofil/neogeo.htm||Convert a NeoGeo pad and use it on your PC.|
|http://www.neogeousa.com/mods/svideo.html||"S-Video can offer a much better video signal for those with newer televisions..." |
+ Some notes about svideo mods
|http://nfg.2y.net/games/neorgb/||Study about the decrease of RGB output quality circuitry.|
|http://www.nickthfury.com/neogeo/cdmods.htm||Neo Geo CD mods, Neo Geo AES mods. Great site|
|http://www.gamesx.com/importmod/neocd5060.htm||NEO GEO CD 50-60Hz Mod|
|http://www.gamesx.com/importmod/neocdzcon.htm||NEO CDZ Import modification|
From: Jason Cooper <jason.cooper @ blazeretro.net>
Date: Tue, 11th Dec 2012
Subject: NEOGEO X Gold System Revised Release Date
We are collecting the NeoGeo X consoles and joysticks directly from the manufacturer between the 19th – 22nd December. We are going to air freight these over (may I add at great expense) on a priority chartered service.
Can you please provide all of the outstanding orders (and please keep me updated with new orders as they come through) and we will ship these directly from our warehouse to your customers – this will save some critical days and ensure your customers receive the product as quickly as possible. We have cancelled all Christmas leave for all our employees until the last unit has been shipped to your customers. This is not as drastic as it sounds as all our team volunteered this, of course, including myself. We expect to ship between Christmas and New Year. As per our discussion, please also remain open to process enquiries, customer support and additional orders during this period.
We will ship using either DHL or FedEx (depending upon who will deliver the quickest) and we will provide the tracking information to all of your customers to you, so you can quickly and easily track all deliveries.
We might miss Christmas by a few days, but we are doing all we can to ensure that your customers get the NEO GEO X Gold System as quickly as is humanely possible!
Sorry again for the delay, please apologise to your customers on our behalf for this and although all the issues have been completely out of the control of BLAZE, we are doing all we can to make this right. Feel free to forward our email address to anyone that would like to speak to us directly, we don’t have any secrets!
A real Neo Geo pad with a USB port
|Bought on ebay for 5euro. this is the cheapest version of MS sidewinder you can find. 4 button upper and 2 in front.|
|Open it, and look at the circuit board. You must determine if the circuit board use a common pin (mass) that it share by all button. If this is the case, you will have no difficulties. Otherwise you must solder 2 wires for each button. It was the case here.|
|Lightly sand all pins and connection under each button, if you have no common reference (mass) you need to careffully sand the 2 connection of each button|
|Use a pen to mark each connection, this will avoid any mistakes durng soldering.|
|The Neo geo pad use a common circuit, now we need to join each button with 2 wires, so thee easiest way is to cut the circuit line (can be repared easily if needed afterward)|
|You need to do the same with the cross, aim is to have 2 wire going from the switch to the sidewinder board.|
|You can fix the board below the cross, there is a lot of space.|
|Now just plug your new Neo Geo pad to your pc and enjoy the feelings of having a real pad for emulator.|
A Direct Pad Pro interface for a Neo Geo Pad
I use to find his plan while browsing over internet, it has 2 shift registries and simulate a SNES pad, I use to made a lot soldering and it took me a lot of time. Another way is to use an old use SNES pas board. Attention, Direct Pad Pro has never been ported on Win2000 and WinXp and is not working! (only win98). I am now selling it for 30euro if you are interested...
SNK Neo Geo Home System
Processors: Motorolla 68000 (12Mhz, 16-bit),
Z80 (Zilog-80a 4Mhz, 8-bit)
I have bought this wonderful machine at the
very beginning in France (MODEL NEO-AEC serial 007444 - American) in
August 1991 with Magician Lord + 1 joystick + 1 memory card for 600â?¬
!!!. I own 24 games which I paid between 100â?¬ and 150â?¬.
|History of models produced by SNK
- Neo Geo home systems (7 revisions I have been told). Language selection by rom chip
Neo Cd systems (easy wire language selection)
Neo pocket (you select language on unit)
Hyper neo geo 64 (language determined by origin of Hyper not carts)
Neo Geo MVS Rom language selection
NEOGEO X GOLD ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM Announced for Worldwide Distribution
Tommo Inc. sets release date and price for revolutionary gaming "system within a system"
Los Angeles, Calif. - August 13, 2012 - Tommo, Inc., in partnership with SNK PLAYMORE, today confirmed that the NEOGEO X GOLD entertainment system is scheduled for a worldwide release this December. Following the 20th anniversary of the ground breaking NEOGEO AES console, the NEOGEO X GOLD entertainment system provides players with all of the features of a home arcade and the convenience of a handheld gaming device. The NEOGEO X GOLD entertainment system is set for a worldwide release on December 6, 2012 for a suggested retail price of $199.99 (USD).
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